Centre for Continuing Education

We Are What We Remember: The Ever-Evolving Transmission of Jewish History Course

Jewish culture. Learn about Jewish culture with us.

In partnership with the Department of Hebrew, Biblical and Jewish Studies
Course materials developed by The Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning - a project of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. For specific enquiries regarding the program, please contact Hinda Young on 0432 567 917.

COVID-19 update: arrangement of our courses

We are now delivering courses both online and in-person. Please check the delivery format for each class before you enrol.

Please note that course materials for all classes (excluding prescribed textbooks) are shared electronically within 48 hours of a course starting. Printing is not available.


The aim of this course is to explore the impact of Jewish collective memory on the current and future status of worldwide Jewry.


By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • identify key moments in Jewish History that impact the Jewish collective memory
  • describe the significant impact of Jewish collective memory on the current and future status of worldwide Jewry.


This course addresses the important role of collective national memory in the ongoing development and adaptation of Judaism throughout the generations.

  • What do we remember and why?
  • How are national memories formed and preserved?

The course opens with the Bible’s directive to remember the attempted Jewish national genocide perpetrated by Israel’s archenemy, Amalek. The following three lessons explore significant historical periods and the memories formed around them: reflections on the Spanish expulsion, recollections of Poland just before and following the Shoah, and the State of Israel as envisioned by its founders and as experienced by its citizens today.

Intended audience

Suitable for anyone interested in exploring the Jewish approach to memory and history.



Delivery style

This four-lesson course centres around text study and discussion between participants and the facilitator.


A course booklet is available in two formats:

  1. Complimentary online booklet (PDF) accessible via an online portal.
  2. Printed booklet (additional fee of $24) available for purchase here. Your booklet will be available to collect at the first or second class, depending on the date of purchase.


  • Expert trainers
  • Central locations
  • Course materials – yours to keep
  • CCE Statement of Completion

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